The highly addictive drug methamphetamine (“meth”) causes dramatically more damage to the brains of adolescents than to those of adults, a new study has found.
Researchers from South Korea and the University of Utah reported that MRI brain scans of chronic meth abusers revealed damage to the gray matter and white matter of all users, affecting important cognitive abilities and how the brain regions communicate.
Amphetamine abuse can lead to multiple serious mental and physical health risks, including chronic psychiatric problems, psychotic behavior, memory loss, mood disturbances, severe dental problems, malnutrition, and heart damage, such as rapid or irregular heartbeats. Recent clinical reports have found possible connections between amphetamine abuse and heart attack as well as aortic dissection.
Benzylpiperazine, also known as Natural Ecstasy or BZP, is said to enhance a person’s sense of taste, sound, and color. It’s sold legally in the UK as a soil fertilizer, but when mixed with MDMA, or Ecstasy, it can be deadly.